Infographic: The role cool roofs play in peak demand periods

No matter the climate in which a building sits, owners and managers probably are paying more for peak demand charges than necessary – a lot more. Charges for peak usage can be 30 to 70 percent of a total commercial...

First Foam Expo covers varied industry topics

First Foam Expo covers varied industry topics

The first Foam Expo gets underway this week, focused on the design and manufacture of flexible and rigid foams for technical applications. The free exhibition and conference will be held Feb. 28 - March 2 in Novi, Mich.

Loyola research center receives green building award

Loyola research center receives green building award

Loyola University Chicago’s Center for Translational Research and Education (CTRE) has received LEED gold certification from the U.S. Green Building Council, according to a press release. LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) is the foremost program for the design, construction and operation of green buildings.

Modern masonry products provide sustainability

Modern masonry products provide sustainability

In recent years, multiple factors have converged to create increasing demand for green and sustainable buildings. Stricter building codes, along with LEED and other building performance systems, have boosted the call for more extensive engineering in wall systems. Manufacturers have...

Fox Blocks collects nine awards for ICF projects

Fox Blocks collects nine awards for ICF projects

Fox Blocks, a leader in the insulated concrete forms industry, received nine top awards for innovation and efficiency at the recent 2017 International ICF Builder Awards in Las Vegas. “The variety and scale of projects being built with ICFs is...

Calif. university building achieves platinum status

A university building in the Golden State has received a platinum designation. The Student and Faculty Support Center building at California State University-East Bay achieved the certification from the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC), according to a press release. The...

Mass timber focus of upcoming conference

Mass timber focus of upcoming conference

The second annual International Mass Timber Conference is expected to attract professionals from around the globe to Portland, Ore., March 28-30, as innovative building products such gain interest among the building field. Hundreds of attendees from 13 countries have registered...

Green-roofed visitor center blends into Quebec’s lakeside landscape

Green-roofed visitor center blends into Quebec’s lakeside landscape

The timber building by the lake looks like a sumptuous holiday retreat, but rest assured it’s open to the public for all to enjoy. Canadian design studio Anne Carrier Architecture completed the visitor center in Quebec’s Mont Orford National Park,...

Canadian school earns makes LEED grade

A Canadian elementary school has received LEED gold certification. The elementary school was built between May 2013 and September 2014. It has taken some time to put the finishing touches on the building and for staff to apply for and...

Europe property report underscores growing interest in real estate wellness factors

Europe property report underscores growing interest in real estate wellness factors

When JP Morgan Europe released its Europe Property Report this month, there was a new category in their trends coverage – Real Estate and Well-Being. That’s good news for the International WELL Building Institute (IWBI) and its WELL Building Standard...

Largest mass timber building in U.S. opens in Minneapolis

Largest mass timber building in U.S. opens in Minneapolis

The seven-story, 220,000-square-foot T3 office building in Minneapolis’s North Loop district has become what is believed to be the tallest modern wood building in the U.S., reports The Architects Newspaper. The structure opened late last month. Designed by Michael Green...

New energy code for commercial buildings released

The recent publication of Standard 90.1-2016 marks the latest edition of the Standard, setting the stage for future building energy efficiency requirements in commercial buildings, according to the U.S. Department of Energy’s Office of Energy Efficiency & Renewable Energy.

Cape Town center a standout for sustainable hospital operations management

Cape Town center a standout for sustainable hospital operations management

A range of green technologies is making the new Netcare Christiaan Barnard Memorial Hospital in Cape Town, South Africa, a model facility for sustainable hospital operations management. A special double-skin façade and electricity-generating elevators are two of the solutions implemented...

Proper insulation pivotal to efficient commercial buildings

Proper insulation pivotal to efficient commercial buildings

Energy lost through a building's walls, roofs and windows is the largest single waste of energy in most buildings. As a result, the energy efficiency of a building often depends on the materials that help create its envelope. With the...

Study backs spread of living walls for polluted cities

Study backs spread of living walls for polluted cities

A new report says that green building envelopes, often dismissed as architectural window dressing, are slashing by 20 percent street level air pollution and muffling traffic noise by up to 10 decibels in certain situations. In Cities Alive: Green Building...

UC-Berkeley recognized for campus innovations

The U.S. Energy Department’s Better Buildings Challenge program has recognized the University of California-Berkeley for its leadership in energy efficiency. The university achieved 65 percent energy savings at its Jacobs Hall facility, the College of Engineering’s interdisciplinary hub where students...

GAF headquarters awarded world's first USGBC resilient design credit

GAF, a leader in residential roofing, has announced that its global headquarters in Parsippany, N.J., is the first building to be awarded a LEED Resilient Design Pilot credit from the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC). The achievement recognizes North America's...

5 ways to green a distribution center

5 ways to green a distribution center

When it comes to creating energy-efficient warehouses, many professionals may feel like they’re between a rock and a hard place. On the one hand, evidence suggests that sustainable logistics practices like reconfiguring a distribution center network or building a LEED-certified...

New automatic door promotes energy savings in commercial structures

New automatic door promotes energy savings in commercial structures

STANLEY Access Technologies has launch its new generation of eco-friendly automatic sliding doors designed to meet market demand for window and door technology to support energy-smart and green-certified buildings. The Dura-Glide GreenStar series provides energy savings night and day –...

Living walls can play significant role in tackling toxic air hot spots

Living walls can play significant role in tackling toxic air hot spots

The contribution of “green building envelopes,” such as moss and vegetated walls, vertical farming and roof gardens, has been underestimated, according to a new report by Arup Green Building. The study aims to provide insights into the impact of green...

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